Major monsoons crush regions of Bangladesh
Aug 22, 2011
Flooding in Bangladesh has begun as monsoon season recently reached its peak. Thus far, over 800,000 people in the southern city of Satkhira have been affected, the District Relief and Rehabilitation Center told IRIN.
"Our biggest concerns are providing the flood-affected people with safe drinking water and sanitation facilities," District Relief and Rehabilitation Officer Syed Shikder told the news outlet.
He added that out of the 800,000 affected, some 110,000 have been displaced.
Of 73 major rivers in the area, nine have started to rise, while another 19 are predicted to flood over the next few days, according to the Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre.
Since flooding began, humanitarian groups like the World Food Programme (WFP) have been giving out energy biscuits to over 60,000 residents to combat food insecurity.
"Food and shelter are the big problems in the immediate future," Michael Dunford, WFP Bangladesh country director told the news outlet. He added that people from Satkhira were just beginning to get back on their feet after Cyclone Aila destroyed over 129,500 acres of farmland and more than 600,000 homes back in 2009.